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Florence Lake

Suggested Flies for Florence Lake area:
Western Sierra Hatch Selection

Other Local Favorites:

Stillwater Flies:
Woolly Bugger #8-10
Mohair Leech #8-10
Matuku #8-10

Dry Flies:
Parachute Adams #16-18
Olive Caddis #16-18
Royal Wulff #16-18
Yellow Humpy #14
Griffith's Gnat #16-18
Black Gnat
Henrys Fork Hopper
Chernobyl Ant
Mosquito
Bivisible

Nymph Flies:
Hare's Ear #16-18
Prince Nymph #16-18

Directions: From Fresno, take Highway 168 up to Huntington Lake, about 65 miles. From there, continue from Highway 168 to Kaiser Pass Road. Kaiser Pass Road will end at Florence Lake.

Notes:
Florence Lake is a vacation destination for many recreationists. It has a grocery store, boat rentals, campground, and a resort. It's at 7,327 feet elevation and is stocked with Rainbows. Flyfishing opportunities are limited at the lake but it provides a good area from which to access a number of more suitable lakes and streams. A ferry is available to carry hikers to the southern portion of the lake which is closer to the Pacific Crest Trail and John Muir Wilderness.
Just before arriving to Florence Lake is Ward Lake , just off Kaiser Pass Road. Ward Lake covers about 6 acres and contains both Rainbows and Browns. It is best fished by float tube. The best areas are the northern shores where lily pads provide cover for the trout.

From the Florence Lake Trailhead going south, you can access:
Dutch Lake: Elevation is 9,100 feet. About 2.3 miles from the trailhead with campground. Consists of Brookies.
Hidden Lake: Elevation is 9,100 feet. About 1/3 miles from Dutch Lake. Follow the contour south. Consists of Brookies and Rainbows, 12-14 inches.
Crater Lake: Elevation 9,300 feet. About 3.5 miles from trailhead with campground. Consists of Brookies 8-10 inches and Rainbows 6-8 inches.

From the Jackass Meadow Campground going north, you can access:
South Fork San Joaquin River: From Florence lake to Mono Hot Springs, the SF San Joaquin is about 7 miles long with a 700 foot drop in elevation to 6500 feet. This is an excellent area to flyfish. It is a tail-water fishery with even flows coming out of Florence Lake. The stream is slow moving through Jackass Meadow and then becomes a typical run-pool-riffle stream onto Mono Hot Springs. Consists of Rainbows and Browns, some of large size since they get washed downstream from Florence during water releases.
Hooper Creek : Consists of Goldens. About 2.6 miles from the campground. A 2.5 mile stretch of stream going from 7000 to 9900 feet elevation just below Gordon Lake. There is no trail so you have to follow the stream.
Gordon Lake: Elevation is 9,900 feet. Consists of Goldens. Just over 5 miles from the trailhead. No trail, follow Hooper Creek.
Harvey Lake: Elevation is 10,150 feet. Consists of Goldens. About 5.4 miles from trailhead. No trail, follow Hooper Creek.
Hooper Lake: Elevation is 10,500 feet. Consists of Goldens. About 6.1 miles from the trailhead. No trail, follow Hooper Creek.
Neil Lake: Elevation 10,600 feet. Consists of Goldens. About 6.3 miles from trailhead. No trail, follow Hooper Creek.
Chamberlain Lake Elevation is 10,000. Consists of Goldens. No trail and it's too difficult to get there.

Taking the ferry across the lake, you can take a 1.25 miles walk south to Boulder Creek Campground. From there you have access to:
Boulder Creek: Consists of Goldens. About a 3 mile hike to the upper reaches. The terrain tends to level off at 9,500 feet for the next mile with numerous lakes.
Summit Lake: Elevation at 9,500 feet. Consists of Goldens. About 4.1 miles from Boulder Creek Campground.
Thompson Lake: Elevation is 9,500 feet. Consists of Brookies. About 3.7 miles from Boulder Creek Campground.
Lost Lake: Elevation is 9,500 feet. Consists of Brookies. About 4.4 miles from Boulder Creek Campground.

Taking the ferry across the lake, you can take a 2.7 miles walk east to Blayney Meadow Campground. Blayney Meadow is over 2 miles long and 1/2 mile wide. The SF San Joaquin meanders through the meadow. Consists of Browns and Rainbows. Most of the rainbows are 8 inches while many of the browns are in the 10-12 inch class with some 14 inchers. The meadow includes camping facilities, a store at Muir Trail Ranch, and Hot Springs.

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